Photographed!

Mr. Prince Charming is not a fan of being photographed.

One afternoon he said, “I would love to have photos of us on the walls in the house someday soon.”  I ran with that statement and scheduled our engagement photos.  He was entirely exasperated with the process, but loves that we have quality photos of our mugs to hang wherever, whenever.

Much to his dismay, I even planned outfits.

We hired one of my favorite people who happens to be quite adept with a camera, Tina of Selah Vida Photography.  Tina has been photographing me for the last 7 years, at least.  Nearly all of my most cherished photos were captured by her lens.

For instance, the time that we had a family food fight…

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The aftermath

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My adorable parents

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My nephew and nieces – baby girl was SO confused!  She just wanted to eat!

If you’ve never done a family food fight and caught it on film, I highly recommend making it happen.  It’s SO fun.

And that controversial trash the dress session was compliments of Tina as well.

As expected, Tina delivered.  Considering Mr. PC and I are extremely awkward, she did an insanely great job of making us look amazing.

Without further ado, a sampling of our engagement photos..

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So there we are!  I love each of these photos and am so glad we have them to remember this part of our lives!

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S.W.A.K.

Mr. Prince Charming and I decided that our wedding gifts to one another would be love letters.  We both strongly identify with “words of affirmation” as our love language.  Not only is this an obvious choice in regard to our love languages, but it’s also a super budget friendly idea!  This endeavor was $14.95 for me, but could easily be a freebie if you have paper at home.

While fiddling around in a boutique store a few days ago, I came across a book that perfectly fits the mission.

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Image via Letters to My

Inside the book are twelve sheets that fold up and seal along with prompts for writing, and a set of stickers to seal each letter.  The book is self-described as a “paper time capsule”.

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Image via Letters to My

I’m really, really thrilled I found this little book!  It’s a perfect way to celebrate my favorite guy in the best way!  Now to finish writing the letters…

Are you and your spouse exchanging wedding gifts?

 

A Fabulous Welcome

Like pretty much every DIY project I’ve committed to during wedding planning, this one is superfluous.  It’s a nice-to-have.

I’ve been carefully assembling welcome goodies for our guests.

We’re all staying in Las Vegas for the same length of time, but the day of the wedding is the only day we’ll all be together.  Knowing that I wanted to put together a box of treats and good to have things to make their stay in Vegas a little better.

Here are the contents:

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Each welcome box will be a gable box filled to the brim with treats and convenience items.

Each box cost about $15 to assemble.

Inside each box will be:

  • An “oops, ouch, uh oh!” bag
  • A small first aid kit
  • A small packet of Kleenex
  • 2 reusable ‘water’ bottles
  • 2 salted caramel peanut butter truffles
  • 4 honey dark chocolate mints
  • A bag of chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels
  • a 1,000,000 dollar bar of chocolate

All wrapped up with gold ribbon and a “Welcome to Las Vegas” label.

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The items fit perfectly in the boxes!  Right now I have the contents all separated into gallon sized bags, and the gable boxes fold flat, so they’ll all be easy to travel with (though we may end up shipping them – TBD).

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These little bags are literally for oops, ouch, and uh oh moments.

Here are the contents (minus the first aid kit – it didn’t fit in the bag):

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  • Tums
  • Pepto
  • Tylenol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Shout wipes
  • Lens wipes

Not pictured are the paper details – a Las Vegas map, a wedding day timeline, a Tiara and Prince Charming timeline, and personal letters from each of us to each of our guests.

My hope is that our guests will have a snack if they’re between meals, a dose of Tylenol if they have a headache, and a bandaid if they find their shoes aren’t quite comfortable.  They’ll also know that we love them so dearly, and are honored to have them present for this very special day in our lives.

Did you do welcome bags?  It’s not too late – am I missing anything important?

Our “Reception”

Because we’re getting married in Las Vegas, essentially on vacation, and our guest list is 7 people, our reception is not dinner and dancing.  There will be dinner, and there might be dancing, but we’ve got a few extras thrown in the mix.

Our wedding ceremony will conclude as the sun sets in Las Vegas, and immediately following our ceremony we will cut our little cake and have a glass of moscato (because I’m averse to champagne.. I know, roll your eyes at me, I approve).  Our little cake will be a tiny, cute little confection.

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Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan/Taken by Gin & Sake

We’re also going to have a group photo op at this point – think photo booth props and party favors.  During this photo op I plan to have the group take a fireball shot together.  Mr. PC’s family is notorious for passing around a bottle of fireball at family parties, so why not continue that as our families blend?!

We have our photographer booked for 2 hours (more to come on that), so following the fireball shot and photos in the wedding suite, we’ll head down to The Chandelier, a bar that is rather infamous at The Cosmopolitan.  Here, our guests will be invited to imbibe on a verbena cocktail while Mr. PC and I wrap up our photos.

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Image courtesy of Virgin Atlantic

Next up we will have dinner at the chef’s table at Scarpetta.  We’ll have a four course dinner that I’m immensely excited about!

After dinner is when the evening will get seriously fun!

We will get to see the lights of Las Vegas from 550 feet up!  We’re going for a ride on the High Roller observatory!

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Image via High Roller

We’ll spend about 30 minutes observing and boozing from a unique perspective.

Following the revolution on the ferris wheel we will end the evening at Peppermill Restaurant. I can’t think of a better way to end the evening than by relaxing at an iconic Las Vegas restaurant with the people I cherish the most!

 

Before & After Questionnaire: Tiara’s Before

Wedding planning has gotten really real for me in the last couple of weeks.  Early in planning I spent a lot of time saying, “our wedding is easy!” and “we’re so laid back, so whatever!”

Real talk – I’ve sent at least 8 panicked emails to our wedding planner at The Cosmopolitan just this week.  “What if I hate my flowers?” “When will we talk to the minister?” “Can you change the cake design?” Luckily she’s in a similar place – she’s getting married 4 days after us, so she handles all of my panic with amazing levels of grace and confidence. “Tiara, I’ve spoken with the florist and we are both enamored with your ideas and confident that they will be executed flawlessly.”

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Stressed image via this site

I will say that as panicked as I’ve felt in the last couple of weeks, I am so excited about the entire event.  We’re getting married and it’s going to be hugely amazing.

I’m also waiting on engagement photos to hit my inbox to show you, and a few other blog topics to come to fruition, so following in Ms. Dove’s footsteps, here’s our “before the wedding” responses!

What’s your biggest priority for the wedding?

Getting married.  By that I mean having a ceremony that resonates with who we are as individuals as well as in our relationship.  We are not religious, nor traditional.  So, our ceremony will be personal (similar in context to Mrs. Narwhal’s ceremony).  We’re also getting married on my parent’s anniversary.  This is hugely important to me because my parents don’t have one single photo of their wedding day.  I highly doubt either of them know what Weddingbee even is, but just in case, I’m not divulging the surprises we have in store for them here – but there WILL be photos.  Finally.

What’s your biggest concern for the day?

Logistics.  Since the wedding is in Vegas, and we’re not just having a ceremony and dinner in one place, I’m sweating the ‘how-to’s’ and ‘how-much’ of everything.  The ceremony will be flawless, but the cocktail hour has potential to be a mess, and the post dinner excursions could be disastrous.  Transportation, getting things paid for beforehand, and making sure we’re all carefree that day has me a little stressed.

What DIY project do you care about the most?

Our welcome bags.  They’re mostly a surprise for our guests, and they’re woefully under prepared at the moment.

What’s your worst wedding-related nightmare?

I haven’t had actual wedding related nightmares, but I keep dreaming that I’ve lost my car.  As in drove it somewhere, but can’t remember where to or how to find it.

If I think about things that could go wrong at the wedding, I think my biggest concern is getting a tuxedo for Mr. PC (we’re renting it in Vegas), and procuring our marriage license.

Do you think you’re going to eat?

Oh absolutely!  Most definitely.  In fact, I’ll over eat.  I’ll share details of our dinner plans in a later post.

What picture do you think you have to have?

Iconic, cliche Vegas photos.

What are you looking forward to the most?

 

Mr. PC is a funny, witty guy… But he has these beautiful moments where he looks at me and has that melty, mushy “I love you the most” look.  That’s what I can’t wait to see on our wedding day.

What do you think your guests will enjoy the most?

Our post-ceremony activities!  Dinner, and what comes after!

What do you plan on doing after the wedding?

Immediately following the ceremony we’ll have cocktails, dinner, and a fun adventure on The Strip.  We’ll be in Vegas for a couple of days after the wedding, so we have some fun outings planned!

Read more: http://www.weddingbee.com/2016/01/27/before-the-wedding/#ixzz3yT0DuHOa

Just Add Glitter

I love glitter.  A lot.

I don’t love that it gets all over the place, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that my world will forever be filled with a little bit of sparkle.

I also really love pretty paper projects.  Like invites, and programs, and menus, and the list goes on.

Even though our guest count is quite small, and invitations aren’t particularly necessary, I decided to make them happen if for no reason other than to indulge my own predilection for pretty paper.

This is a DIY project that went down like so…

  • I started with this template.
  • Downloaded these fonts: Hello Script and Poor Weekdays Serif
  • Added the text
  • Sent the files to print & cut (via Kinkos on 110lb cardstock)
  • Rounded the corners
  • Ran a line of glitter glue along the outline of the shape
  • Covered the invite in 3 colors of glitter!
  • Adhered two sheets together (the striped page + a champagne shimmer page)
  • Stuffed the 5 invites in envelopes (4 for family, 1 for the hive)
  • Tied a bow

All photos are personal.

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This is the evidence of the glitter stations.  Why 3 colors of similar glitter?  No reason.  I just felt like it.

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This is the invite before the glitter enhancements!

And here is the finished look..

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This is basically a double bow.  It looks fancy, but is easy to do.

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And voila!

I really like how the glitter gives it the Vegas flair, while the overall look keeps an edge of class and glamour.

If I could pour my brain out onto a piece of paper, I would imagine that it would look a lot like this.

What isn’t pictured is the back of the invite – I adhered the front to a sheet of cardstock that is identical to the envelope.

I’m really pretty jazzed with how they turned out!  For being a completely not-necessary item on the list, they were super affordable ($7 template, $5 for cardstock & envelopes, ~$5 to print).  I’m using the template for other projects as well as the paper and envelopes, so the cost breakdown will be in the neighborhood of $1 per invite, I think.

Also, holy wedding countdown!!  It’s crunch time!

 

 

 

 

Transcendent Friendship

I’ve never been particularly adept at making and keeping friends.  I have a direct, hard to love personality.  Couple that with extreme introversion and you have someone who loves deeply, but is brutally honest and probably won’t come to your birthday parties.

So, when I met my best friend, I remember thinking, “Wow, she’s way different from me.  This should be interesting.”  We fell into a friendship love just like many of us fall in love with our spouses – slow at first, and then all at once.

I’ve shown you her wedding.  It was during the five crazy pants weeks of wedding planning that she and I learned that while we’re distinctly different, our respect and adoration for one another is of an epic level.  We have what I consider to be a transcendent friendship.

Through the years, she’s watched my life evolve.  From celebrating my academic achievements to dusting me off when my failures seemed insurmountable, she has been the person I’ve leaned on for the majority of my adult years.  I give her credit for teaching me how to love myself, and how to feel love from others.

To celebrate her, and our friendship, I asked Mrs. Camera to hand letter a card for her (we both really, really love pretty papery things)!  As I explained our friendship to Mrs. Camera, it became pretty obvious that there was no question that needed asking – this was an appointment.

All photos are personal.

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BFF D is a pretty pink princess, so Mrs. Camera NAILED this project.  As D opened the gift, she first saw the envelope for the card and with a completely amazed face she said, “how did you get it to look like this?”  … That moment of splendor is exactly what I had in mind.  Mrs. Camera even lined the bottom of the envelope with gold glitter washi tape.  So, so beautiful!!

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BFF D has given me some of my most cherished trinkets, so I wanted to get a few purposeful items to gift her.  First, matching best friends glasses – if we remember to pack them, we’ll use them all over Vegas!  D has a big thing for lip gloss, so I also got her a Jeffree Star velour liquid lip stick in “prom night”.  Lastly, a little wedding themed travel pouch.

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To say the card and carefully procured trinkets were well received would be an understatement.

Having D there for this day is everything!